Review: SECTION 8, More Than the Sum of Its Tasty Action Parts
Is revenge ever justified?
AMC+ and RLJE Films will launch the movie in theaters and streaming on AMC+ Friday, September 23.
Framing is every little thing relating to revenge thrillers, a sub-genre that would fill a whole streaming service.
Very cleverly, writers Chad Law and Josh Ridgway have constructed a story that introduces Jake Atherton (Ryan Kwanten) as a army veteran who has fallen on exhausting instances since his return to civilian life. We’ve already seen a few of his wartime expertise below the command of Tom Mason (Dolph Lundgren), and so we’re led to consider that he’s an excellent, sincere man who doesn’t hesitate to spring into (deadly) motion when essential.
Working as an vehicle mechanic at a storage owned by his “uncle” Earl (Mickey Rourke), the person who took him below his wing at a younger age, Jake worries in regards to the payments which might be mounting up on the house he shares together with his beautiful spouse Ashton (Kimi Alexander) and son. When Earl is threatened by a neighborhood gang searching for safety cash, Jake is fast to return to Uncle Earl’s protection, resulting in a private tragedy and a lifetime in jail for Jake.
The script then takes a pointy flip from revenge drama to its true objective. Really, it is all a set-up to get to the meat of the story that the filmmakers wish to inform.
Rather than describe the plot mechanics that unfold easily so as to have interaction the viewers in one other narrative, I’d identical to to acknowledge how adroitly the filmmakers, particularly writers Law and Ridgway, in addition to director Christian Sesma, shift the film into one other gear that permits for a number of motion sequences, every completely different from the following.
The main narrative revolves round a plot put into movement by Sam Ramsey (Dermot Mulroney), the chief of a covert government-agency army unit that, he claims, has an unfettered license to kill enemies of the state. Given Jake’s army expertise and his lifetime jail sentence, he seems to be an excellent recruit, however he wasn’t raised to simply accept orders blindly. His farsightedness proves to be a bonus, but additionally a stumbling block to survival.
We’ve come this far and I have not even talked about that Scott Adkins, who serves as one of many govt producers of the movie, additionally performs a supporting position that justifies the film’s existence by itself, punishing benefit.
Beyond Adkins, Section 8 is tight and coiled, becoming Jake Atherton’s character, which Ryan Kwantan makes come alive as a wholly credible character with whom it is easy to empathize. Dolph Lundgren and Mickey Rourke add veteran taste to the proceedings, whereas the versatile Dermot Mulroney leans on his capacity to make each character he performs seem duplicitous. Veteran stunt coordinator Luke LaFontaine makes the motion appear like it is genuinely painful, and infrequently terminal.
Accomplishing all this within the area of simply 98 minutes, Section 8 stands by itself as one among this 12 months’s greatest, budget-minded motion films; it is constantly entertaining, and tangy, in addition.